PacktLib: Cinema 4D R14 Cookbook, Second Edition

Cinema 4D R14 Cookbook Second Edition


About the Authors

About the Reviewers


The Fundamentals


Exploring the interface

Moving around in Cinema 4D

Meeting the Managers

Setting keyframes

Utilizing the Content Browser

Adjusting the scale of your objects

Super Modeling


Working with primitives

Subdividing, selecting, and editing polygons

Creating from splines – extrude NURBS

Using Lathe NURBS

Using Sweep NURBS

Modeling with Loft NURBS

Punching holes with Boole

Using the Atom Array tool

Best modeling advice – just go for it

Getting to grips with sculpting

Sculpting a head

The Deformers


Getting started with the Taper deformer

Animating with deformers: Bend

Custom italics with Shear

Over-animation with Squash and Stretch

Making an asteroid with FFD and Displacer

Unconventional animations with deformers

Breaking objects with deformers

Using Spline Wrap versus Sweep NURBS

Applying the Collision deformer

Cameras are Rolling


Keyframing cameras

Moving a camera along a path

Locking cameras down with the Protection tag

Using target cameras

Adjusting focal lengths

Matching your camera to footage

The Physical tab

Creating a handheld-style camera

Setting up stereoscopic cameras

Camera calibration

Using the Motion Camera tag

Simulating a chase scene

Getting to grips with the Camera Morph tag

Complex camera moving with the Multi Morph tag

Let there be Lights


Picking the right type of light

Exploring shadow types

Applying volumetric lighting

Hot and cold – adjusting the temperature of the light

Lighting specific objects

Applying Global Illumination

Lighting using the Luminance channel

Lighting with Sky objects

A Material World


Using an Alpha channel to model

Using video as materials

Using multiple materials on one object

Using Shaders

Make adjustments with the Layers Shader

Using different Projection methods

Reflective materials with the Fresnel Shader

Creating a glass material

Adding relief – Bump and Displacement channels

Applying Subsurface Scattering

Rendering Strategy


Render settings overview

Creating a batch of renders

Previewing renders with Render Region

Comparing different renders

Using anti-aliasing effectively

Exploring the Physical Renderer engine

The Compositing tag

Setting up multi-pass renders

The External Compositing tag and After Effects

Projecting shadows

The Awesome Power of MoGraph


MoGraph basics – cloners and effectors

Making text with MoText

Using selections with cloners

Applying deformation with effectors

Creating abstract shapes

Applying random textures to clones

Creating a mosaic

Combo #1 – building a 3D logo

Combo #2 – dynamic stage lighting

Combo #3 – dancing music orb

XPresso Shots


Introduction to XPresso

Creating and controlling user data

Driving animations

Adjusting outputs with Range Mapper

Controlling lights with MoGraph and XPresso

Creating a project control panel

Configuring Dynamics


Introduction to dynamics – bowling

Colliding clones – cereal bowl

Aerodynamics – making a helicopter

Dynamic trap #1 – trap door with connectors

Dynamics trap #2 – soft body net

Dynamics trap #3 – spring launcher and hair

Cloth and Spline Dynamics – clothesline

The final recipe – Rube Goldberg machine

Thinking about Particles


Standard Particles

Let the water flow (a simple water simulation)

Thinking Particles

Using Thinking Particles to create complex behavior

Adding geometry to Thinking Particles

Making it Rain